The entire cosmos is a cooperative. The sun, the moon, the stars live together as a cooperative. The same is true for humans and animals, trees and soil. Our body parts function as a cooperative. When we realize that the world is a mutual, interdependent, cooperative enterprise, that human beings are all mutual friends in the process of birth, old age, suffering and death, then we can build a noble, even a heavenly environment. If our lives are not based on this truth, then we shall all perish.
— Buddhadasa Bhikkhu